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Israel: Encouragement of Organ Donation

(Jan. 19, 2010) On January 4, 2010, the Knesset passed an amendment to the Public Health Law, 5754-1994. According to the amendment, a person who donates an organ during his lifetime to another Israeli resident in accordance with the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008, will be exempted from payment of health insurance premiums for a period […]

Council of Europe; United Nations: Organ Trafficking Treaty Proposed

(Oct. 15, 2009) On October 13, 2009, a study on human organ trafficking, issued jointly by the United Nations and the Council of Europe, was released. (TRAFFICKING IN ORGANS, TISSUES AND CELLS AND TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS FOR THE PURPOSE OF THE REMOVAL OF ORGANS (2009), Council of Europe website, available at It concluded that […]

Australia: New National Transplant Authority

(Sept. 29, 2008) The Australian government has proposed new legislation, the Australian Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation Authority Bill 2008, to establish an independent Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation Authority to improve rates of organ donation within Australia. Since July 2005, Australians have been able to register via a national agency to be […]